How Important Is it to Address Stereotypes in Latina?

Latin women are usually depicted in media as caramel skinned, tight- creamy, alluring, shapely, and feisty. Personalities for as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few example. When we hear the term “latina myth,” these women are the ones that come to mind. They have a thick highlight, a stunning tone, and a spicy character. Latinas are reduced to things and have limited potential because of this seductive, exotic notion.

In this article, 16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, explored their points of view and experiences using a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. A qualified, linguistic moderator conducted focus groups and interviews in either English or Spanish depending on the members’ language preference.

Three main themes emerged: Members shared a desire and capacity to maximize their potentials through contraceptive company, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing deferral in the pursuit of educational and professional objectives. These findings demonstrate how crucial it is to correct female prejudices to enable Latinas to realize their full potential Translating these results into powerful, persistent- centered counseling by family planning providers may support the aspirations of adolescent Latinas and promote equity in health care access.

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